University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2014

Course Description
Lawyers often find themselves challenged when faced for the first time with representing clients in commercial transactions, because more often than not, law students have not experienced what a law practice will require of them on a day-to-day basis. This one-credit course is designed for students who wish to develop the practical skills necessary to advise clients, and to read critically, draft and negotiate contracts, thereby better preparing themselves to meet the demands of parties actually engaged in business deals.

Specifically, we will examine, from the perspective of the corporate lawyer, the process by which a substantial music publishing catalog is acquired. We will analyze the transaction from beginning to end, i.e., advising a purchaser with regard to alternative entities that might be formed to undertake the acquisition, and continuing with analysis of a Confidentiality Agreement, Letter of Intent, Due Diligence Checklist, Purchase Agreement and Post-Closing Escrow Agreement. Source materials will include forms of agreements from actual transactions. The course will be graded on a pass-fail basis. The class size will be limited to sixteen students, and first priority will be given to those enrolled in the J.D./M.M. joint degree program.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 03-17-2014 - 03-23-2014  

Dates Day Time Room
03-17-2014 - 03-20-2014   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A110
03-21-2014 - 03-21-2014   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM A110
03-23-2014 - 03-23-2014   U  10:00 AM-1:00 PM A110

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: Business Associations (may be taken concurrently). Recommended, but not Required: Income Tax (individual and/or business entity, whether completed or concurrently)
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Written assignments and in-class negotiating session
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions: Enrollment by instructor permission only. Please see course description.
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Related
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Basic
Intellectual Property - Related
Bar Subject(s):
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information

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Contact Information:
Phone: 305-284-9338
Office: B354